Movie release dates are hardly ever set in stone, but it looks like Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro’s first intallment in the two-part adaptation of “The Hobbit” will be released in December 2012. The second movie is scheduled for a December 2013 release. Early reports indicated a December 2011 release for the first movie, but it now looks like that was just wishful thinking.
For those of you who know nothing about “The Hobbit,” it is a prequel for J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” saga. You know, the book series that inspired a few movies a while back that grossed just under $3 billion (US) worldwide?
Jackson has a rumored budget of $300 million (US) to make both movies. Confirmed cast members coming back to Middle Earth include Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Hugo Weaving (Elrond) and Andy Serkis (Gollum).
Maybe I am just another fanboy whining… but if you shoot both movies back to back, do you really need to make us wait a year between film releases? C’mon guys… release the second movie in the summer of 2013 and make me happy!